2015 Pipers Brook Vineyard Estate Pinot Gris
|Bottles per case:||6|
|Price per case:||$210.00 (RRP)|
Location & Aspect: This wine is mostly sourced from vines that were planted back in 1996, on our vineyards located in the Tamar Valley and Pipers Brook wine regions. The full flavour ripeness of fruit grown on the West Tamar is balanced by the natural high and flavoursome malic acidity found in the Pipers Brook region that provides structure to a tight, refreshing and complex pinot gris style.
Season: The 2014 season was characterized by perfect conditions for flowering and fruit set followed by a balanced summer ripening season, which has meant that the fruit retained all its delicate and ripe concentrated flavours and acid profile.
Soil: The grapes were grown on a mixture of ferrosol (red volcanic) soils from the Pipers Brook region and vertosols (black cracking clays) from the Tamar Valley. These soil types have an excellent water holding capacity, offering a steady supply of moisture and nourishment to the vines throughout the growing season
Viticulture: Pinot gris is a variety, which ripens quickly in all but the coolest of climates and as a result is well suited to cool climate of Tasmania. The vines are meticulously hand-tended and grown on Scott Henry and VSP trellis systems to help maximize the exposure of the maturing bunches to the sun, thus achieving full ripeness and well-balanced flavours. Crop levels are kept low by selective bunch thinning to increase flavour intensity in the finished wine.
Winemaking: The grapes naturally cooled by the low over night temperatures are carefully hand harvested during the very early morning hours in mid April, The fruit is then crushed with immediate processing- Our winemaking philosophy for this wine style is to capture and protect the rich natural and delicate characteristics of this flavoursome variety. Whilst in the press the fruit under goes a short period of skin contact to extract some additional flavour intensity that are locked away in the skins, this helps create a more complex rich savoury style of pinot gris. The juice is fermented slowly at very low temperatures in a combination of barrel and stainless steel. The oak influence is subtle but adds complexity and palate weight.
Colour: Copper, bronze with light golden straw - Gris, meaning grey in French, refers to the colour of the grapes; wines made from Pinot Gris often have a slight coppery hue.
Bouquet: Complex, with a lovely depth of aroma, the nose is blooming with fragrant pear, jonagold apple, tangelo zest and freshly dried goji berries. A hint of jasmine and gardenia potpourri blends the aroma, finishing with subtle notes of nutmeg and cinnamon spice.
Palate: The palate is generous, full bodied and dry with flavoursome poached pears in honey, apple strudel, paw-paw and goji berry fruits, that entice the palette, all combined with a sweet ginger and cinnamon spice that gives richness to a fine chalky, mineral dryness on the finish, arising from the natural skin tannins - typical of the variety and winemaking style.
Ageing potential: 2015 to 2019 with likely best year, 2016.
Food suggestions: An ideal wine to serve with Italian style antipasto, oven roasted turkey or other white game meats, chicken liver and brandy pate, risottos, grilled seafood, or an array of Asian and Mediterranean style dishes.